About Folk Federation of NSW

The Folk Federation of NSW has been supporting the growth and development of folk music since 1970. We facilitate statewide development of the folk arts, dance and, in particular folk music of all genres and ethnic diversity.

Through affiliated folk clubs, festivals, folk organisations, interstate bodies and our membership we link both those interested in presenting folk to the widest possible audience and those seeking to experience the folk arts through public performance and participation. Our main revenue is derived from membership.

By joining FolkFedNSW you will be part of a vibrant community helping to support our artists, folk music, dance and the associated folk arts in NSW.

The Sydney Folk Festival is a flagship event of the Folk Federation of NSW.

Towards a policy position for the Arts in Australia - Have your say for FOLK 

Our new Federal Government is developing a new National Cultural Policy as a roadmap for a vibrant and sustainable arts, entertainment and cultural sector now and into the future. Submissions are being invited from interested parties and Folk Federation of NSW believes it is important for our sector to be represented. To this end we are intending to make a submission and are asking our folk community to give us suggestions and ideas for inclusion in our paper. Submissions close on 22nd August so please share your comments by 17 August to give us time to craft our final paper.

You can read more information and share your views HERE




  • Pam Merrigan (President)
  • Margaret Walters (Vice President)
  • Pam Davis (Secretary)
  • Dallas Baxter (Treasurer)

Committee Members:

  • Alex Bishop (Young Folk Awards Coordinator)
  • Andy Busuttil
  • Terry Clinton
  • Kirsten Hulse
  • Russell Neal
  • Cathy Rytmeister
  • Craig Sinclair (Young Folk Awards Coordinator)
  • Christine Wheeler


Make sure you're Folk Fed


You can support the Folk Music and Related Arts Sector by making a donation to the Folk Federation through our tax deductible public fund. Help us to make a difference by contributing to the promotion, preservation and development of the folk arts in NSW.